9:45 AM EDT, June 5, 2012
The international community has to be terminally naive to believe that words and threats that aren't backed up by force will deter Syrian President Bashar Assad from murdering his own people ("Killings intensify Syria crisis," May 31). Even at 10,000 civilians massacred by Syrian government forces, this catastrophe pales in comparison to his father's vendetta, when more than 30,000 Syrians were slaughtered.
Both men ruled by the sword; in light of Mr. Assad's continuing support from Iran and Russia, only a military response will lead to the overthrow of this dictator.
The U.S. has refused to take action. Our nation should be ashamed for not leading a coalition to stop the brutal slaughter of innocent people. Are we a light unto nations or not?
Nelson Marans, Silver Spring
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